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Lawn Care in Winters

Keep It Clean

One of the most important tips here is to ensure that the lawn is kept free and clear of limbs and branches. Winter storms can bring down pieces of even healthy trees. These will lay on the grass and cause damage. The best option is to inspect the yard once a week or so and remove anything that shouldn’t be there.

Mow Less

If you’re located in a warmer climate, winter doesn’t mean the stop to growth. However, it should mean that you use your landscape maintenance equipment less. You’ll want to cut the grass higher, and mow less often. Limit your cutting to only the top third of the grass blade to help boost health and ensure healthier growth once warmer weather hits.

Seed Dying Spots

It’s inevitable that the yard will eventually have dead spots. The winter is the ideal time to use your landscape maintenance equipment and seed those areas. You’ll want an aerator, as well as a seeder. You can seed by hand if you want, but that’s more labor and time intensive.

Keep at Those Leaves

While the bulk of the leaves will have fallen by this point, there are still a few hangers-on. Make sure you stay on top of leaf duty, whether you prefer to mulch or rake. Use your landscape maintenance equipment to your advantage here so that you don’t break your back manually moving those leaves out of the yard.

Fertilize

Winter is the time when your grass sleeps, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t need to eat, too. Applying fertilizer now can help build the groundwork for a healthy yard come spring. This is particularly true if your winters are warmer. Of course, that doesn’t mean you should go crazy. Winter fertilizing should be much lighter than during the spring or summer.